April 18, 2017 : By Michael Claybaugh - Office of Communications & Public Engagement
Liberty University’s Debate Team finished atop the final rankings of all three national debate tournaments for the eighth time, sweeping the American Debate Association (ADA), the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA), and the National Debate Tournament (NDT).
After topping George Mason University for the overall titles in both the NDT and the CEDA earlier this spring, Liberty was recently announced the winner of the ADA’s grand sweepstakes, again ahead of George Mason.
Liberty remains the only school in the country to finish first in all three rankings in a single year. The team has placed first in the CEDA for the last eight years, first in the NDT for seven out of the last eight years, and first in the ADA for 13 out of the last 14 years.
2017 ADA final overall rankings
2. George Mason
6. James Madison
7. (Tie) Wake Forest and Georgia
9. Wayne State
Liberty University’s Debate Team has won its second national championship this year. Liberty finished in first place in the final overall rankings of the National Debate Tournament (NDT), repeating last year’s championship. George Mason University was runner-up, followed by Cornell University and the University of California (Berkely). With the win, Liberty has finished atop the NDT in seven of the past eight years.
A few weeks ago, Liberty was named the champion of the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national championship.
With the NDT and CEDA titles secured, Liberty now only awaits the results of the American Debate Association (ADA) to find out if it once again swept the three rankings. Liberty remains the only school to have accomplished that feat.
2017 NDT final overall rankings
1. Liberty University
2. George Mason University
3. Cornell University
4. University of California (Berkeley)
5. Wake Forest University
6. Emory University
7. Harvard University
8. University of Kansas
9. Binghampton University
10. Rutgers-Newark University
Liberty University’s Debate Team finished ahead of George Mason University and Cornell University, respectively, to win its eighth Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national tournament championship in a row.
“I’m incredibly proud of this team,” said Michael Hall, Liberty’s director of debate. “We started the season strong but faded a bit at the start of the spring semester. As a result, we needed a big finish to clinch the championship. Our debaters responded to the pressure by posting our two strongest tournaments of the year.”
This year, Liberty also competed nationally in the American Debate Association (ADA) and National Debate Tournament (NDT) and awaits the final rankings. Liberty was last year’s ADA runner-up and was the NDT champion for the sixth time in seven years. Before last year, Liberty won 12-straight ADA titles. Liberty remains the only school in the country to finish first in all three rankings (ADA, CEDA, NDT) in a single year.
This year’s debate topic was “Resolved: The United States Federal Government should establish a domestic climate policy, including at least substantially increasing restrictions on private sector emissions of greenhouse gases in the United States.” Examples of arguments students researched and presented are cap and trade policies, carbon taxes, and renewable fuel standards.
2017 CEDA final rankings
2. George Mason
4. Wake Forest